How do hormones affect our eyes?

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The human body secretes and circulates approximately 50 different hormones. These chemical messengers are released into the blood stream and carried to the target organ or tissue. Different hormones act on certain aspects of bodily functions and processes. In this article we are going to explore which hormones act on the eyes and how. What are hormones? Hormones are chemical … Read More

Ode to the Wheatie Bag

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The staff laugh, I laugh too, at this obsession.Two, three times a day I reach toward my collection. A box of small cute jelly-bean shaped bags.Choose your colour, pattern even zig zag! At first you think it’s odd, perhaps she’s mad,To offer you a small wheatie bag. I leave you alone, two minutes I’ll take.You scan the room, where’s her … Read More

Corneal Graft – Seeing Through Another’s Eye

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Eduard Zirm completed the first successful corneal graft, also known as a corneal transplant, in 1905. Since then innumerable ophthalmologists have refined and developed the procedure to become the most common and successful form of human transplantation. This article will discuss some of the reasons people may need a corneal graft, what types of corneal transplants are now possible and … Read More

Eyesight and genetics. Is there a link?

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We see inherited traits every day. Families with the same hair colour, eye colour, nose shape or build. But those of us who don’t experience poor vision probably haven’t considered the links between genetics and eyesight. Many eye conditions do have an underlying genetic cause, which means they can be inherited or “run in the family”. For people who have … Read More

How do we see: an inside look

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The process of seeing is a hugely complex subject. To understand what happens when we “see” something, it is helpful to separate the subject into two parts. Firstly, the eye and how it functions, and secondly, how vision actually occurs, a process known as visual perception. Finally, we will show how damage to different parts of the visual system affects … Read More

Digital Eye Strain and Healthy Screen Habits

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Does your job have you glued to your screen? Maybe your go-to activity is Netflix or gaming? Or perhaps you are one of the millions of people currently housebound due to Covid-19 and screens are your only link to the outside world. Love them or hate them, it’s hard to escape our screens. They are a major part of modern … Read More

Viruses and The Eye

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Viruses can infect the eyes in many different ways, some more severe whilst others are more contagious and common. At the start of the Covid 19 pandemic there was much talk around whether or not it could infect via your eyes. Covid 19 can affect the eyes, causing conjunctivitis, but it is not the only virus that can affect the … Read More

The Covid-19 Virus and Your Eyes

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The Covid-19 pandemic is obviously on everyone’s minds at the moment. This short blog will discuss eye issues associated with Covid-19 and things that you should think about during this time. Overview of Covid-19: Symptoms: Patients typically present with respiratory illness, including fever, cough and shortness of breath; diarrhea is also common early in infection. Conjunctivitis (inflammation of the surface … Read More

Have your eye drops run out?

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Have you been caught short over the summer break and have run out of your eye drops? Or maybe the eye drops you normally use aren’t on the shelves in your supermarket or pharmacy? To help you navigate this we have outlined some options below. Prescription eye drops For those of you using prescription only eye drops, for example for … Read More

How often should you have an eye test?

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When did you last have your vision tested? Was it within the past year or two? More, perhaps? If you’re not experiencing discomfort, it can be tempting to push appointments like getting your eyes checked and visiting the dentist to the bottom of your priority list. However, putting these appointments off is often the last thing we should be doing. … Read More

What Can I do to Best Prepare for Laser Eye Surgery?

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Laser eye surgery is more popular now than ever. Once you’ve made the first step of deciding to proceed with the surgery, you need to start thinking about preparation. It is a quick and safe procedure, but even the smallest operations require some planning. Something as simple as asking someone to drive you home in advance will help to make … Read More

Common Eye Conditions in New Zealand

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If you have any problems with lost vision in one or both eyes, it’s important to get your eyes checked as soon as possible. However, it is quite normal to be living with an eye condition at some point of your life. Some are more debilitating than others, and some have an easy fix. Different eye conditions can be brought … Read More